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Man of La Mancha (1972)

The funny story of mad but kind and chivalrous elderly nobleman Don Quixote who, aided by his squire Sancho Panza, fights windmills that are seen as dragons to save prostitute Dulcinea who is seen as a noblewoman.

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(musical play), (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

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Pedro
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Antonia Quijana
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Captain of the Guard
Dorothy Sinclair ...
The Innkeeper's Wife
Miriam Acevedo ...
Fermina
Dominic Barto ...
Muleteer (as Dominic Bartó)
Poldo Bendandi ...
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Storyline

This musical version of Don Quixote is framed by an incident allegedly from the life of its author, Miguel de Cervantes. Don Quixote is the mad, aging nobleman who embarrasses his respectable family by his adventures. Backed by his faithful sidekick Sancho Panza, he duels windmills and defends his perfect lady Dulcinea (who is actually a downtrodden whore named Aldonza). Written by Reid Gagle

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Peter O'Toole, Sophia Loren and James Coco dream 'The Impossible Dream' in... See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 September 1973 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El hombre de La Mancha  »

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(DeLuxe)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Even Sophia Loren queried why the film was shot in grubby soundstages in Rome instead of the glorious locations of Andalucia where the film is supposedly set. See more »

Goofs

When the ramp is lowered down into the dungeon, the chains "supporting" it are loose and slack; if bearing the weight of the ramp they would be taut. See more »

Quotes

Don Quixote: Dear God, it is she. Sweet lady, fair virgin. I dare not gaze fully upon thy countenance as I'd be blinded by beauty.
Aldonza: I'll get you the wine.
Don Quixote: My lady, you must not wait upon my needs, I implore you. Speak once, your name
Aldonza: Aldonza.
Don Quixote: My lady jest!
Aldonza: Aldonza!
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Crazy Credits

Practically all of the actors in the film, with the exception of those who play the Captain of the Guard and the soldiers of the Spanish Inquisition respectively, play dual or triple roles, but only five of them are actually listed in the credits as having done so. All of the other actors are listed as if they only played one role in the film, as the prisoners generally aren't given names. See more »

Connections

Version of Don Quixote (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Man of La Mancha
(reprise)
Sung by Simon Gilbert
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Frequently Asked Questions

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Greatest Movie Ever
20 October 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I consider myself somewhat of a movie aficionado, having seen several thousand movies over the past forty years; and I can unequivocably say that "Man of La Mancha" is my all-time favorite movie. While some of the familiar criticisms lodged against it are valid, there is still no other movie that can approach its depth or poignancy. I judge a movie by its ability to move me: to make me laugh, to make me cry, to make me think. This movie tackles one of the greatest themes of life: whether to live in a helpful illusion or live in the harshness of reality. Don Quixote's story is the ultimate in human heroism, a tragic man of courage struggling to see and live life, not as it is, but as it should be. His unwavering idealism in the face of all-too-familiar cynicism and skepticism is both foolhardy and inspiring. This movie always leaves me, not with tears trickling, but with great sobbing. I strongly recommend it for both your heart and your head.


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